Man City 5-0 Crystal Palace: Rampant City destroy Eagles

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  • City unbeaten in five
  • Palace remain six points above drop zone
  • Silva, Kompany, De Bruyne, Sterling, Otamendi score

Manchester City beat Crystal Palace 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday as Pep Guardiola‘s men took another huge step towards sealing their place in the top four.

David Silva put City ahead less than two minutes in and they never looked back with the influential Kevin De Bruyne sitting up Vincent Kompany to score City’s second and the Belgian playmaker then added a third of his own before Raheem Sterling and Nicolas Otamendi finished things off late on.

The win pushes City on to 69 points and momentarily into third place, while Palace remain on 38 points and sit six points above the relegation zone.

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It took City less than two minutes to take the lead as Silva clipped a lovely pass to Sterling and his ball back across goal saw the onrushing Spaniard finish coolly for his 50th City goal. 1-0 to Guardiola’s boys.

City dominated the first half as Silva kept popping up in dangerous areas and Leroy Sane stung the palms of Wayne Hennessey and then Gabriel Jesus‘ follow up was cleared off the line.

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As half time arrived the game became stretched as Sane again tested Hennessey at his near post but Palace then launched a lightning-quick counter attack.

Andros Townsend clipped in a delightful cross and Christian Benteke rose highest to head towards the bottom corner but Willy Caballero saved superbly and Jason Puncheon‘s follow up went way over the bar.

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City started the second half well as Silva wriggled free but fired wide and then the second goal arrived in emphatic fashion. A corner from the right was half cleared and found its way back to De Bruyne and his pull back was hammered home by Kompany who made it 2-0.

De Bruyne then had a shot deflected wide and his free kick hit the bar as City poured forward time and time again with Palace unable to get any foothold in the game.

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Hennessey denied Sane again soon after as City threatened to run riot and then Palace’s goalkeeper let De Bruyne’s low shot from the edge of the box squirm past him and into the net to make it 3-0.

The goal was KDB’s first in the Premier League since February and his fifth of the season as he capped off a fine individual display.

City stroked the ball around in the final stages of the game with Sterling volleying home to make it 4-0 and Otamendi heading home De Bruyne’s free kick for his first goal of the season, as Guardiola’s boys enjoyed their afternoon in the sun to keep their top four hopes on track.

Daly collapses during match, treated for heat illness

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HOUSTON (AP) Houston Dash forward Rachel Daly collapsed during the final minute of a National Women’s Soccer League match against the Seattle Reign as temperatures climbed into the 90s.

The 25-year-old Daly was stretchered off the field and taken to the hospital, where the team said she was being treated for heat illness.

The temperature at BBVA Compass Stadium was 92 degrees at the 3 p.m. kickoff. The Reign won 2-0.

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The NWSL issued a statement that said the league had worked with the Dash before the season to schedule any afternoon games early in the year to help avoid heat issues. The teams took a hydration break late in the match.

“We will immediately review these measures to prevent this situation from occurring in the future,” the statement said.

Reign coach Laura Harvey posted to Twitter: “Proud of the team today. Some of the hottest conditions I’ve seen. Road games are tough but that was crazy.”

MLS roundup: Outrageous dive, posts doom ‘Caps; Ramirez stays red hot

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Six matches are in the books on a busy Saturday in Major League Soccer, and five of them finished 1-0.

How they got there? Much different stories. With the Cali Clasico still to play, let’s dig into the five that followed Seattle 1-0 Portland.

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Vancouver Whitecaps 0-1 DC United

It’s especially difficult to win on the road in Major League Soccer, unless the hosts fritter away four good chances off the woodwork — including a Cristian Techera PK — and give away a spot kick of their own. Lamar Neagle converted the 61st offering after a sinister dive from Jose Guillermo Ortiz. He was taken off soon after, and is probably going to miss sometime when the DisCo is done with him. Outrageous.

New York Red Bulls 2-1 New England Revolution

Not one, not two, nor three, but four New England players saw a low cross slide by them for Daniel Royer to finish as New York came from behind to take all three points at Red Bull Arena. Cody Cropper committed a gaffe that allowed Bradley Wright-Phillips to equalize after a Lee Nguyen PK had put the Revs ahead early.

Colorado Rapids 1-0 Sporting KC

Homegrown defender and University of Denver product Kortne Ford has his first MLS goal, as the Rapids surprised the Western Conference leaders on Saturday. SKC outshot Colorado by nearly 20 attempts (Shoulder shrug emoji).

Minnesota United 1-0 Orlando City

There were questions as to whether NASL superstar Christian Ramirez could translate his game to Major League Soccer.

Yes. The answer is yes.

Ramirez has eight goals in 13 MLS matches, and should be hearing his name from a certain Bruce Arena around Gold Cup time. Those USMNT dreams of last season should come true.

Bobby Shuttleworth made six saves for his third shutout of the season. All have come at home.

Real Salt Lake 1-0 Philadelphia Union

Joao Plata keeps shooting, and the tiny Ecuadorian menace keeps scoring, too. His 36th minute goal was enough for the hosts at Rio Tinto.

Raiola: Zlatan to “100 percent” stay in Europe for two seasons

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic may be 35 and coming off major knee surgery, but that isn’t stopping suitors from lining up across Europe.

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Ibrahimovic’s agent, Mino Raiola, says that MLS is not an option for the Swede over the next two seasons. From Sky Sports:

“Many clubs have asked for Zlatan. He can play two more years and will stay in Europe, 100 per cent.”

It would make sense for Ibrahimovic to stay around Manchester United, where he is admired by Jose Mourinho and coming off a season that showed he’s still capable of contributing at a high level.

But he remains beloved in Italy, and would be effective for most clubs in the Top 5 leagues should he return at even 75 percent of the Zlatan we’ve seen regularly.

Report: Manchester United, Inter Milan keen on Perisic deal

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Manchester United wants Ivan Perisic, and both the player and his current club are all about it.

Perisic, 28, is ready to leave Inter Milan, and the Serie A mainstays are happy to accept $46 million for his services according to Sky Sports.

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Primarily a left winger, Perisic moved to Inter from Wolfsburg at the start of the 2015-16 season. He scored 10 goals and added nine assists in Serie A play this season, and has kept up his production pace since moving from the Bundesliga to Italy.

United needs stars and depth for its Champions League campaign, and Perisic would buttress an attack with Marcus Rashford, Henrikh Mkhitaryan amongst others. He was a difference maker for Croatia at EURO 2016, and can do the same at Old Trafford.